Data Protection: UK Relations with EU

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to update the explanatory framework for adequacy discussions presented to the EU, following the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the provisions permitting data flows with Japan and their partners.

Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Minister of State

The explanatory framework, published in March 2020, was intended to inform adequacy discussions with the European Commission and we have no plans to update it. Data provisions in Free Trade Agreements, including the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), are separate but complementary to the UK's adequacy process and international data protection frameworks. Separately from the CEPA, the UK has preserved the effect of the EU's adequacy decision for Japan on a transitional basis.

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